Posts Tagged ‘Christopher Meloni’

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The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Marielle Heller, 2015)

August 4, 2015

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It can be a tricky thing to praise a film on the basis of being “trailblazing,” particularly on its initial release. More often used regarding films heavy on apparent technical innovation, the term can often make writing on the work in question seem misguided with hindsight or possibly even frustratingly narrow (minded in retrospect). See reviews of the first The Hobbit film predominantly occupied by analysis of the 48 frames per second shooting method, a technique hardly cropping up all that much in blockbuster production plans three years on.

Where the term arguably has greater validity is in regards to smaller films that sow the seed for what one hopes will spark wider cinematic change. Rather than those messing around with special effects wizardry, the true trailblazers are those that offer representation for something that has sorely (and often inexplicably) been lacking in the cinematic landscape. The Diary of a Teenage Girl, the writing and directing debut of actress Marielle Heller, is one such film, offering a much-needed shot in the arm for a perspective grossly ignored in American cinema and much English-language filmmaking…

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GFF 2015: White Bird in a Blizzard (Gregg Araki, 2014)

February 18, 2015

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Closer in spirit to his Mysterious Skin than The Doom Generation,White Bird in a Blizzard sees director Gregg Araki adapting a Laura Kasischke novel and applying his trademark gifts for depicting both the sweet and the sour of adolescence. Beginning in the late 80s, it sees 17-year-old Kat (Shailene Woodley) going through a big sexual awakening while reckoning with her mother Eve’s sudden vanishing, which follows years of increasingly strange behaviour towards both Kat and the husband (Christopher Meloni) Eve seems to despise…

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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (Robert Rodriguez/Frank Miller, 2014)

August 23, 2014

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Belated (and noticeably cheaper-looking) Sin City sequel A Dame to Kill For opens with the line, “This doesn’t look good at all. I’ve gone and done something again.” It’s said by Mickey Rourke’s Marv about his getting into another wacky, ultraviolent mishap, but it’s also an appropriate commentary on the downward career trajectory of co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, who helmed both the first film and this abysmal follow-up that somehow increases the lurid, gritty caricature and numbskull notions of sexuality from its already problematic predecessor…

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Man of Steel (Zack Snyder, 2013)

June 13, 2013

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One of the better elements of Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Watchmen, and widely considered its best sequence, was that film’s opening credits montage, which forcefully played with pop culture iconography to impressive degrees. In a way, that sequence was an effective hint of what was to come with Snyder’s reboot of the Superman property; a cultural icon lavishly portrayed in a titanic fashion. It is big, bombastic pop cinema that wears its emotions on its sleeve and takes an everything-or-nothing approach to delivering its sci-fi melodrama tale on a grand scale. At accomplishing this, Man of Steel is, for the most part, a huge success…

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